my aunt invited us to dim sum at sea harbour this morning and i thought about chris' previous post inquiring about this place. my experience this time was much better at sea harbour so i thought i'd update my previous opinions. this is what we had.
sau mei - weak. i never liked this tea anyways.
guk po - weak at first but we asked for more chrysanthemums and it made the difference.
tikuyuan - very fragrant. an excellent bitterness followed by a glowing after-taste.
spring rolls - meat filled and deep fried. above average.
fong jao (chicken feet) - really good flavor. not spicy.
shrimp har gow - huge. but really flavorless.
beef meat balls - texture was not as smooth as other dim sum places. flavor was average.
chan bao (little cha siu baos) - the buns looked as though they weren't thoroughly baked, but the bun was not thick so it seemed ok.
pan fried taro cake - a strange mixture of peanuts and taro cake pan fried. nothing special.
egg custard tarts - really flaky tart with a creamy egg filling. really good.
beef tripe in xo sauce (ngau pak yeep) - this is tripe from one of the smaller cow stomachs. a good snap upon biting but i didn't taste any xo sauce.
beef wrapped in steamed rice noodles (beef cheung fun) - tasty because of an added spring onion inside.
baked taro pastry - sweet and smooth with a flaky pastry around the taro. this is the dish i talked about in my last post.
pork spare ribs with black beans - hardly any black beans at all but the cooking was perfectly timed making for very smooth pork.
we arrived at ten when they just opened. within half an hour the place was full. regarding freshness, i think most of the dishes are made to order. i assume this because i burned my tongue about 3 times. there are no carts, just busy waiters/waitresses running in and out of the kitchen carrying food.
dim sum for 7 people came out to $50. more than average but you get what you pay for.
3939 N. Rosemead blvd. (just south of valley)